PLO Closing Offices in Scandinavia

Economic pressures are forcing the Palestine Liberation Organization to shut down its information offices in Copenhagen and Oslo, the Danish and Norwegian capitals.

The PLO representative in Denmark, Abdul Rahman Allawi, informed the Danish Foreign Ministry of the closures. There was no official reaction from the ministry or from the Israeli Embassy here.

Allawi cited the PLO’s deteriorating economic situation since the Persian Gulf War. The Palestinians who worked in Kuwait are without jobs and cannot pay their regular tithe to the PLO.

Saudi Arabia and the Gulf emirates also cut off support to the PLO when it sided with Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, he explained.

Allawi said the PLO’s representation in Denmark and Norway would be continued by offices in other countries, which he did not name.

The PLO opened its office in Copenhagen in 1985. It was never granted full diplomatic status by the Danish authorities.

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